Excavations at Oxyrhynchus 2: 1903?

Workmen carefully extract the papyrus fragments from the dust, collecting them in more baskets. Some days, more than thirty might be filled with papyri, for Grenfell and Hunt to sort overnight so as to release the baskets for the next day’s work.

The mound of Abu Teir when the excavators had dug as close to the sheikh’s tomb as they could (cf. first photograph on first page); the view shows how the sifted soil was not removed but just piled up in a different place. That so much of it is no longer there is due to its later extraction for use as fertilizer.

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